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Ch 24: Literary Elements & Analysis

About This Chapter

This helpful literature lesson can help you review the elements of literature and analyze literary passages. You'll study topics such as theme, characterization, figurative language, imagery and more.

Literary Elements & Analysis - Chapter Summary

Review essential literary elements and analysis strategies with this comprehensive chapter. These lessons provide an overview of important literary periods and show you how to effectively analyze a piece of literature. You'll also define literary terminology such as theme, setting, tone, allegory and imagery. After completing all the lessons in this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Outline literary periods and movements
  • Explain the steps needed to properly analyze literary passages
  • Compare and contrast elements of a passage
  • Define theme in literature
  • Assess examples of setting, characterization, tone and mood
  • Interpret literary meaning and figurative language
  • Know how to infer intended meaning
  • Recognize examples of allegory, symbolism. imagery and foreshadowing in literature
  • Identify types of irony

These lessons are designed to be concise, engaging and less than ten minutes long, which helps simplify the studying experience. Inside these lessons, you'll find highlighted definitions of important literary concepts and specific examples of their applications in famous works of literature. Following each lesson is a short quiz to help you evaluate how well you understand the information. We've made these lessons available at any time of the day or night, which enables you to study whenever you have free time. You can also use any computer, smartphone or tablet to access the chapter's material.

14 Lessons in Chapter 24: Literary Elements & Analysis
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Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

1. Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

When it comes to studying literature, there's about 1500 years of it to take in - and that's just in the English language! Fortunately, you can check out our crash course of key literary movements to see how the art form has developed over time.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

2. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.

How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage

3. How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage

In this lesson, you'll learn how to compare and contrast when analyzing pieces of literature. You will also learn different strategies to assist in identifying key similarities and differences when applying compare and contrast.

What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

4. What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

Understanding a story's theme is critical to deciphering an author's message in a particular piece of writing. In this lesson, we will examine the idea of theme and look at some examples in actual literary works.

Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

5. Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

In this lesson, you'll review the important elements of a story. In particular, you'll learn about the components of the setting and its importance within the plot.

Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

6. Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

In this lesson, we will talk about characters and characterization. We will explore the various types of characters, examine some methods of characterization, and pay special attention to the role of dialogue.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

7. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.

Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

8. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

9. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

10. Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss how to interpret figurative language in fiction. We will explore several types of figurative language and learn how to identify them.

Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

11. Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

Learn about allegories and how stories can be used to deliver messages, lessons or even commentaries on big concepts and institutions. Explore how allegories range from straightforward to heavily-veiled and subtle.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

12. Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

13. What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

Learn about how authors use foreshadowing, both subtle and direct, as part of their storytelling process. Explore many examples of foreshadowing, from classical plays to contemporary stories.

Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

14. Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

Discover, once and for all, what irony is and is not. Explore three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic, and learn about some famous and everyday examples.

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